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Who Needs Shelter

by Half Deaf Clatch

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Dancing in the rain (free) 04:51
Well well 02:57
Oh my daze 04:14


Half Deaf Clatch UK downhome blues musician. Keeping it gritty and raw, in this self recorded no frills alt-blues release. Recorded 99% live with tambourine overdub, mixed and produced by Half Deaf Clatch.

Half Deaf Clatch - Resonator Guitar, Vocal, Oversized Butchers Block Stompboard, Occasional Stompbourine Player.


released May 11, 2012

"...its all played with gusto, and is good downhome stomping blues (think John Crampton)" Blues in Britain, Oct 2011.

"Half Deaf Clatch has put together 14 tracks of primitive blues music using nothing but a resonator guitar, slide, butcher block stomp board, stompbourine and his own voice. Track 1, Dancing In The Rain, is a mix between delta and Richie Havens. Well Well has some smooth slide resonator work with open tuning and a cool delta flare. Oh My Daze although still primitive in nature has a lot more of a modern sound to it. The influences of more contemporary rock sounds are apparent although they work nicely rather than conflicting with Clatch's theme. Handful o' Trouble is a cool Piedmont style country blues, keeping with the sound of original blues but with a touch of today. Good Deal Blues is a happy go lucky tune with finger picking resonator and Clatch's honest voice. (singing the) Working Blues is done acapella much like that of an old work song. It captures the feel of the original styling and the name only reinforces what you already know. Very effective. Slow Deaf Shuffle hints to a bit farther north and the hills of Appalachia. The resonator almost sounds like a banjo but as used in the early country blues music. Good Old Diablo, is a stompin' delta blues track with a catchy hook on the slide resonator. Clatch's playing style matches well to the use of resonator controlling and magnifying the complexity of the simple sounds available. Never Really Happened has a definite modern construction on a primitive base. The sounds are all crude but the assemblage is well thought through and well executed. Clatch wraps the recording with Working Life Blues, sounding like an interim McKinley Morganfield track, one between his country delta sound and his uptown Chicago sound. Clatch has developed an interesting trilling sound on the guitar and keeping the stomp going makes for a cool ending to an interesting look at modern delta style blues". Bmans Blues Report, 2012


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Speak Up Recordings UK

Independent label for the recording projects of Andrew McLatchie (aka Half Deaf Clatch). Slightly strange musicianer. Eleven Time British Blues Award Finalist 2013 - 2016
Six Time UK Blues Award Finalist 2018 - 2022

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